Elma J Kirven

Obituary for Elma J Kirven

October 25, 1938 - July 30, 2020
Brunswick, Ohio | Age 81

Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister


Elma Jean Kirven 81, of Brunswick, OH (originally of Alliance), went to be with our Lord in heaven on July 30th, 2020. She was born October 25th, 1938 in Alliance Ohio, to the late Adele Santoro and Nick Pietrocola.
A loving wife and mother, she was survived by her husband of 59 years, Fred Kirven; daughters, Colleen Lucarell (Dan), and Carrie Huspaska (Dave); grandchildren, Joscelyn Lucarell, Justeen Lucarell, Daniel Lucarell (Kaitlyn); step grandchildren Kendra Huspaska, Barrett Huspaska; great-grandchildren Liam and Ayson. Elma was preceded in death by her parents, Nick and Adele Pietrocola, as well as her brother Nick Pietrocola, sister Joanna Pietrocola, and Edith (Auntie) Santoro, who raised her when her parents passed away.
Elma graduated from Alliance High School in 1956, home of the Alliance Aviators. During her earlier life, Elma translated the Italian language into English for her family, most of which were Italian immigrants. Because of her heritage, Elma was able to share many customs, traditions, and wonderful recipes with family and friends – she was well known for her brownies! Elma met the Love of her life Fred Kirven at Geneva on the Lake. Sealed by faith and God, Elma and Fred were joined in marriage on April 15th, 1961. A wonderful celebration of Love took place at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Alliance, Ohio. Soon after their marriage, Fred and Elma moved to our Nation's Capital, Washington DC where Fred was employed by the Metropolitan Police Department. Elma was employed by the US Department of Agriculture. She shared many stories about civil service – the good and the not so good! While living in Oxon Hill, MD, Elma and Fred were blessed by the birth of Colleen, their first daughter. They were again blessed by the birth of their second daughter, after Fred initiated a police escort to the Washington Hospital Center where Carrie was born, shortly thereafter.
She was a very lovable person who cherished being with family and friends – her focus and dedication was to her immediate family. Elma's passion was to ensure Carrie and Colleen had a wonderful childhood. The family made a move back to Ohio, this time they called Boardman home. Elma transformed 449 Melbourne Avenue from a house to a home. She was active in her daughters' school activities, as well as working at Mahoning National Bank, Boardman High School, and American Life Insurance Company. After retirement, Elma helped her daughters establish homes of their own. Carrie's career as a Flight Attendant allowed Elma and Fred to share many exciting trips to wonderful places, like Ireland, Australia, Hawaii, and Italy – among many other new places. Fred and Elma made it a point to visit Colleen and her family around the country during Dan's Navy career. Her visits with Joscelyn, Justeen, and Daniel (grandchildren) were cherished events. Although she loved to visit, Elma and Fred more enjoyed the month-long visits in Ohio with their grandchildren.
Elma was also a member of Saint Charles Catholic Church in Boardman and Saint Ambrose in Brunswick. A Memorial Mass will be held at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, Brunswick, Ohio (date in the future). Due to Covid-19, a Celebration of Life will be held on another date. The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support over the years. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the AHS Foundation with Pietrocola Scholarship Foundation. On the memo line, please add Elma Pietrocola-Kirven and mail to AHS Foundation, PO Box 3123, Alliance, OH 44601 (http://www.ahsalumnifoundation.org/pietrocola.html) or donate to Saint Ambrose Catholic Church (https://stambrose.us/), in memory of Elma Kirven.

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